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Health officials urge precautions as COVID-19 breaks records again
For the third straight day, the Oregon Health Authority reported a record-breaking high number of new daily COVID-19 cases, but only one additional death.
State health officials reported 1,517 new confirmed and presumptive cases on Nov. 22, bringing the state total to 65,170. The number of new cases Saturday was 1,509 and 1,306 on Friday.
The additional death raised the official state total to 820.
"Oregon is on a steep and stark slope of rising coronavirus cases," OHA Director Patrick Allen said. "But we aren't powerless in the face of this virus. Because it depends on us to slow the spread. Your choices make a difference.
"Local health officials in every part of the state have investigated outbreaks that started with get-togethers that seemed innocent at the time, but led to many people getting sick, and in some cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
"This Thanksgiving, cancel any plans you have to celebrate indoors with large groups of family and friends. The safest, wisest and most caring way to protect the people you love is to keep your Thanksgiving dinner small and limited to no more than one other household beside your own. Keep the holidays a time to remember, not a time to regret."
The reported cases Sunday are in the following counties: Benton (7), Clackamas (207), Clatsop (7), Columbia (8), Coos (9), Crook (6), Deschutes (38), Douglas (12), Grant (15), Hood River (6), Jackson (55), Jefferson (8), Josephine (14), Klamath (53), Lake (6), Lane (64), Lincoln (1), Linn (27), Malheur (16), Marion (183), Morrow (7), Multnomah (516), Polk (26), Umatilla (47), Union (5), Wasco (11), Washington (128), and Yamhill (35).
Oregon's 820th COVID-19 death is a 65-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive Nov. 15 and died Nov. 15. Place of death and presence of underlying conditions are being confirmed.
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